Why British Pilots LOVED the F-4 Phantom
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The F-4 Phantom was tailored for the new age of warfare. Instead of being nimble in aerial dogfighting, the jet would use its advancements in radar and missile technology, engaging enemy aircraft beyond visual range. In fact, it would go on to become the most-produced jet fighter in the US, and a Cold War Icon.
When the Vietnam War came to an end, the Phantom’s story was far from over. The plane would later end up in British service.
Specifically built British Phantoms known as FGR1s were received by the Royal Navy’s fleet air arm in 1968. Many British pilots fell in love with it.
According to David Braithwaite, a British Naval pilot, “My last two years flying the British Phantom, I really enjoyed, because I could make that thing dance. Loved it.”